What is Marxism?

Marxism
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Marxism
A theory of economic and political development based on the ideas and published works of German philosopher Karl Marx. Marxism states that capitalism, which displaced feudalism, will be replaced by socialism when workers take over society. Marxism provides the core ideas of modern Communism and Socialism.
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In hopes to reduce the struggle between the classes, Karl Marx created Marxism which proposed the idea of a classless, socialist society.

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What is an embargo?

TERM OF THE DAY MAY 2, 2016
embargo

Official suspension of import and/or export of some specific or all goods, to or from a specific port, country, or region, for political, health, or labor related reasons, for a specified or indefinite period.
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The United States of America has a long standing embargo in place with Cuba which was meant to penalize the country for their communist beliefs.

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Entrepreneurship

RM OF THE DAY APRIL 29, 2016
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The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. The most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses.

In economics, entrepreneurship combined with land, labor, natural resources and capital can produce profit. Entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by innovation and risk-taking,

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Entrepreneurship can be scary because there is no guarantee that the business will work, and the entrepreneur may end up losing money for the first few years.

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27th IND – INDO Coordinated Patrol

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
The Indonesian Navy and the Indian Navy have been participating in coordinated patrol (CORPAT) twice a year since 2002 to keep this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and international trade. The 27thseries of India – Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) is being conducted from 28 Apr to 19May 16. Opening Ceremony of the CORPAT is being held at Port Blair from 28 – 30 Apr 16. Closing Ceremony will be held at Belawan, Indonesia from 16 – 19 May 16. The Indonesian Navy is being represented by the ship KRI Imam Bonjol and Maritime Patrol Air… more »

Health Minister welcomes SC order in conducting the NEET this year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda has welcomed the order of the Hon. Supreme Court in the matter of conducting the entrance examination for admission to MBBS and Post Graduate Medical Courses viz. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year. Affirming that the aim of the Health Ministry is to facilitate and enable MCI and CBSE to conduct the entrance exams in a manner and time that would not cause distress to the lakhs of students appearing for the NEET, Shri Nadda said that the Ministry has been making efforts in this direction since a long tim… more »

E-Challans to Drivers: Creating Data Bank of Traffic Violations

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
An e-Challan software comprising a mobile app cum web application has been developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to provide a comprehensive enforcement solution that can be used by the State Transport Enforcement Cells and also by the traffic police. This application will facilitate a convenient and efficient mechanism to challan errant drivers while providing a set of features and functionalities. Currently, this mobile app cum web application is under pilot implementation in two Regional Transport Offices in the state of Uttar P… more »

Driving-Cum-Fitness Training Centres

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has a scheme for setting up of Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR). During the 10th Five Year Plan and 11th Plan, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways sanctioned 13 and 8 IDTR respectively out of which 16 are functional. The details are as follows. Driver Training Institute (DTI) sanctioned during 10th Five Year Plan S. No. Name of the Driving Training Institute*.* Status (functional or not) 1 Driving Training Institute, Betkuchi, Assam All DTIs are functional. 2 Krishna District Lorry Owners’ Association Vijayawada, Andhra Prades… more »

Foot over Bridges to Reduce Road Accidents

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has proposed an all India competition for design of Foot Over-bridges (FOBs) to make them more user friendly. Entries for the all India design competition for foot over bridges have been invited by NHAI with last date for submission as 17.05.2016. Thereafter the entries would be evaluated and decisions will be taken. Several reasons like non-availability of cross over facilities, inappropriate movement of pedestrians along and across highway, high speeds, lack of visibility etc., are responsible for high pedestrian deaths in the country. Nation… more »

Fee Hike in IITs Subject to Protecting Interests of Poor Students

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
It has been decided to revise the tuition fee in IITs to Rs. Two lakh a year from the academic year 2016-17, subject to the following for protecting the interests of the socially and economically backward students: (i) The SC/ST/PH students shall get complete fee waiver. (ii) The most economically backward students (whose family income is less than Rs. One lakh per annum) shall get full remission of the fee. (iii) The other economically backward students (whose family income is between Rs. One lakh to Rs. Five lakh per annum) shall get remission of 2/3rd of the fee. (iv) All s… more »

Literacy in Villages Under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 hour ago
In order to give fillip to the advancement of goals and objectives of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) relating to adult education, an initiative was undertaken to align the Saakshar Bharat programme with SAGY in Saakshar Bharat districts through convergence of existing resources available under the scheme. As a part of this initiative, it was aimed to make all out efforts to achieve 100 per cent literacy in 408 Saansad Adarsh Grams in 276 Saakshar Bharat districts spread in 23 States and One UT by 31st March, 2016. Plan-wise targets are fixed to achieve higher levels of literacy … more »

Rs. 94 Crore released under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The overall objective of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme is to improve declining Child Sex Ratio in the country and create an enabling environment for the education of girl child and this requires long-term attitudinal change. The Scheme has completed its one year and is at the nascent stage of implementation. In the last one year, several local innovative interventions have been demonstrated by the districts with support from Department of WCD, Health and Education. This has resulted in increased awareness, sensitization and conscious building around the issue of declinin…more »

Steps taken by Government to reduce malnutrition in the country

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
As per one of the targets under Globally Agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons”. To address the components of the Target, the WCD Ministry is implementing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme and Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Adolescent Girls i.e. SABLA. While ICDS covers the nutritional needs of children o…more »

Disclosure of information under RTI

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
As per guidelines dated 15.04.2015 issued by the Government of India, the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and other Public Authorities are proactively working towards suo-motu disclosure of information on their websites so as to reduce the need for filing RTI applications. As per the Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC), 75.27% of the Public Authorities have filed their Annual Returns to the CIC for 2014-15, which is higher than the figure of 72.54 % for 2013-14, indicating an improved compliance over the previous year. With a view to maximiz… more »

Reservation in promotion

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Extant instructions of DoPT provide that reservation in promotion by non-selection method is available to SCs and STs in all Groups i.e. Group A, B, C & D. In case of promotion by selection method, reservation is available to SCs and STs upto lowest rung of Group A. There is no reservation in promotion by selection within Group A. Reservation in posts by promotion under the existing scheme is applicable in which the element of direct recruitment, if any, does not exceed 75%. In accordance with Supreme Court judgment dated 15.07.2014, results of Limited Departmental Competitive Exam… more »

Review of performance of public servants

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is aware that review of performance of public servants occurs only after attaining age of 50 years or completion of 30 years of service. As per Fundamental Rule (FR) 56 (j): “The Appropriate Authority shall, if it is in the opinion that it is in the public interest so to do, have the absolute right to retire any Government servant by giving him notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice: If he is in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quas… more »

Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament for Steel and Mines held in Delhi

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
A meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Steel and Mines was held in New Delhi yesterday on the subject of Review of SAIL and RINL. Presided over by the Minister of Steel and Mines Shri Narendra Singh tomar, the meeting reviewed the progress achieved in the field by the steel public sector enterprises SAIL and RINL. Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chairing the Consultative Committee meeting said, “Committee has a very important role in development of the steel and mines sectors, and it complements the Ministries of Steel & Mines…more »

Review of Obsolete Laws

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Law Commission of India has submitted its Reports No. 248th, 249th, 250th, and 251st “Obsolete Laws: Warranting Immediate Repeal”, wherein it recommended for repeal of 72, 113, 74 and 30 obsolete Acts respectively. A Two-Member Committee was also constituted by the Prime Minister’s Office for review of repeal of obsolete laws. The Two-member Committee has submitted its Report, and has inter alia, identified a total number of 1741 Central Acts for repeal. On the basis of the said Reports, total 1827 Acts have been identified for repeal. Total 125 Acts have been repealed during t… more »

Setting up of New Courts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
In accordance with the recommendations made by the Jaswant Singh commission and judgment pronounced by the Apex Court in W.P.(C) No. 379 of 2000, Bench(es) of the High Court are established after due consideration of a complete proposal from the State Government, which is to provide infrastructure and meet the expenditure, along with the consent of the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court, which is required to look after the day to day administration of the High Court and its Bench. The proposal should also have the consent of the Governor of the concerned State. … more »

PM watches launch of IRNSS-1G; congratulates ISRO scientists from South Block through video-conferencing

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today watched the launch of the navigational satellite IRNSS-1G from South Block in New Delhi. The PSLV, carrying the satellite, lifted off from Sriharikota at 12.50 PM. Moments after the successful launch, the Prime Minister congratulated and addressed the scientists at ISRO in Sriharikota, through video-conferencing. He said Indian scientists have achieved a lot in space science, which has the capacity to transform the lives of the people. “With this successful launch, we will determine our own paths powered by our technology. This is a … more »

Shri Kalraj Mishra Congratulates Trainees & Faculties of MSME Samsung Technical School, Chennai in Attaining 100% Placement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Shri Kalraj Mishra Union Minister for MSME Congratulated Trainees & Faculties of MSME Samsung Technical School, Chennai in attaining 100% placement of the 4th Batch of HHP ARISE – 2 (Advanced Repair & Industrial Skills Enhancement) course at MSME – Samsung Technical School, Chennai. With this Chennai MSME has maintained its track record of 100% placement in all the 4 batches certified so far. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Rehabilitation for sick MSMEs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
In order to provide a simpler and faster mechanism to address the stress in the accounts of MSMEs and to facilitate the promotion and development of MSMEs, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, in exercise of the powers conferred in section 9 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, had issued a Gazette Notification dated May 29, 2015 for ‘Framework for Revival and Rehabilitation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’. Further, in order to make it compatible with existing regulatory guidelines on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and …more »

Direct market intervention strategies for MSMEs

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has been providing subsidy under Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS) and margin money subsidy through Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP). Provision of subsidy effectively lowers the cost of borrowing for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) thereby enhancing the viability and profitability of such enterprises. There are several laws, at present, to handle insolvencies and bankruptcies. These include Companies Act, 2013, Recovery of Debt Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (RDDBFI), … more »

Launching of Satellite by ISRO

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 17 hours ago
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch 22 satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C34. These satellites include an earth observation satellite of India (weighing about 710 kg) as primary payload, two nano satellites developed by Indian students (weighing about 2.5 kg) and 19 satellites from four foreign countries viz. Canada (2 Nos., weighing 115 kg), Germany (3 Nos., weighing 155 kg), Indonesia (1 No., weighing 120 kg) & USA (13 Nos., weighing 195 kg) as co-passengers. Swayam and Satyabamasat are the two nano-satellites developed by College of En…more »

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First Meeting of Group of Ministers for Improving Road Safety and Ease of Transport

The Group of Ministers constituted by the Central Government to guide reforms for the road transport sector will hold its first meeting in New Delhi tomorrow. The GoM, headed by Shri Yunus Khan, Minister for Transport, Rajasthan and comprising State Transport Ministers, seeks to find solutions to the various problems plaguing the road transport sector in the country so as to improve road safety and facilitate ease of transport.

India is facing severe problems in terms of deteriorating road safety. The number of fatalities has been increasing steadily and stands provisionally at 1,46,000 deaths in the year 2015. As a signatory to Brasilia Declaration, India is committed to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50% by 2020. The road transport sector also plays a major role in the economy of the country, bearing 75 % of the total load of passenger and freight transportation. Its share in the country’s GDP is close to 4.5%. The sector however suffers from archaic rules and practices and needs urgent reforms to support the high growth rates of Indian economy. The Road Transport and Safety Bill was brought by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to strengthen road safety as well as improve ease of transport across the country. Discussions have to be held with all state governments to remove any apprehensions or misgivings they may have. In order to ensure road safety and improve customer satisfaction there is an urgent need to make administrative changes, amend the Motor Vehicles Act and make optimal use of technology to cut down delays

The GoM aims to develop a road map for achieving the above deliverables. A preparatory meeting of Principle Secretaries of Transport of States and Transport Commissioners was held in New Delhi on 22″ April, 2016, to crystallize the agenda points for the meeting of the Group of Ministers to be held tomorrow. Among other issues the focus points for deliberations tomorrow are likely to be how to deal with non- motorized transport on roads like pedestrians and cyclists or non road vehicles plying on public places; testing for issue of Driving License which would include discussion on having unified driving license, use of automation, mandatory driver training, rationalization of categories and periodicity for license renewal. Grant of fitness for transport vehicles is another subject on the agenda and would include issues like reviewing periodicity of vehicle fitness in view of better technology, introduction of automation in vehicle fitness, third party fitness testing by dealers or other authorized service stations. Deliberations will also be held on framing rules of road regulations and increase in penalties for traffic violations, with a part of the penalty collected going into improvement of traffic management. For enhancing customer experience discussions will be held on simplification of forms and linking with Aadhar for bio-metric verification, making forms online, inclusion of accidental insurance cover for commercial drivers in third party insurance scheme and also removing provisions regarding dress code for drivers.

Constructivism

TERM OF THE DAY APRIL 28, 2016
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Teaching philosophy based on the concept that learning (cognition) is theresult of ‘mental construction’ students constructs their own understanding by reflecting on their personal experiences, and by relating the newknowledge with what they already know. Each student creates his or her own ‘schemas’ or mental-models to make sense of the world, and accommodates the new knowledge (learns) by … Read more

 

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Professor Blake, worked in the psychology hall. His specialty was memory patterns. He taught a patient how to utilize all his thoughts into one main point. His constructivism points made sense, like a construction site.

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Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
INS *Karmuk,* an indigenously built Missile Corvette based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, alongwith a Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, are participating in the 22nd Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT), scheduled from 19-27 Apr 16 in the Andaman Sea. Maritime interaction between India and Thailand has been growing steadily with frequent port visits, participation in multilateral exercises and training exchanges. Under the broad ambit of this strong maritime relationship, the two navies have been carrying out CORPATs along the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) twice… more »

Parliament session from April 25 to complete financial business

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Demands for Grants and working of 11 ministries to be discussed ; six in Lok Sabha and 5 in Rajya Sabha Finance Bill, Railways Appropriation Bill, Uttarakhand Ordinances, GST Bill, Factories Bill, Afforestation Fund Bill, Enemy Property Bill on the agenda Parliament session will begin from Monday i.e April 25,2016 to address the financial business related to the General and Railway Budgets for the financial year 2016-17 and is scheduled to last till May 13,2016 subject to the exigencies of the Government’s Business. The ensuing session of the Lower House will be the 8t… more »

Centre provides subsidy of Rs 25 crores to contain prices of pulses

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Centre has decided to provide subsidy on Tur and Urad for distribution of pulses by States at retail price of not more than Rs.120 per kg. For this, unmilled Tur dal is being allocated @ Rs.66 per kg and unmilled Urad dal @ Rs.82 per kg to the States, providing a subsidy of Rs 27 per Kg for Tur Dal and Rs 14 per kg for Urad dal. This would entail a subsidy of Rs 24.4 crore for 10,000 MT pulses ie, 8000 MT Tur and 2000 MT of Urad being allocated to the States. The Government of India has requested State governments to avail this benefit and utilize the available stocks for managing … more »

New Rules notified by Government to revamp Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has notified the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016 on 14 April 2016, the birthday of Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 was amended by Parliament in 2016. The amendments made stronger provisions for the protection of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from atrocities against them. *Rules have now been framed to give effect to the amended provisions. These rules will speed up the process of dispensation of justice … more »

Shri J P Nadda announces upgradation of Nahan District Hospital to a Medical College

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Assures all support in its expansion plans Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare announced the upgradation of Nahan District Hospital to a Medical College, at Nahan in Himachal Pradesh today. The Health Minister stated that this will add 100 MMBS seats to the institute at an approved cost of Rs. 189 crores. The upgradation will also include a hospital teaching block, residential blocks and hostel blocks. “Tertiary care facilities will thus get a boost with all these projects coming up,” said Shri Nadda. Noting that the State of Himanchal has shown the progress a… more »

International Solar Alliance Cell and UNDP Declared Cooperation for Promoting Solar Energy

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
On the occasion of the Side event on International Solar Alliance at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday , the Interim Administrative Cell of International Solar Alliance (ISA Cell) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declared their intention to promote solar energy globally . Major areas identified for working jointly included :a) Development of synergies with ongoing UNDP programmes and projects on solar energy in and across ISA member countries; b) Creation of complementary linkages with ongoing global and regional efforts in the field of solar energy; c) … more »

Dr Jitendra Singh launches Cancer Care campaign in Northeast

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 9 hours ago
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, today, the first of its kind, weeklong Cancer Care campaign in Northeast under the auspices of “North Eastern Council (NEC) – Pink Chain Cancer Conclave 2016”. The campaign is being attended by Cancer specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and other parts of the country, and the weeklong programmes will include public e…more »

Three-day International Yoga Festival concludes on an enthusiastic note

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
Yoga has universal appeal and cuts across all religions : Shri Rajnath Singh Reaching out to the Youth is the focus of this year’s International Day of Yoga Celebrations: Shri Shripad Yesso Naik The three day International Yoga Fest ended on an enthusiastic note in New Delhi today. The Yoga Festival was a Curtain Raiser for this year’s International Day of Yoga-2016 celebrations. The Union Home Minister, Sh Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function today(22.04.2016). Addressing the gathering, the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Yoga has univ…more »

NITI Aayog holds regional consultation meeting of the Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India in Jaipur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
In the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister on 8th February, 2015 it was decided to constitute a Task Force in NITI Aayog on Elimination of Poverty in India under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. It was also decided that parallel Task Forces on Poverty Elimination will be constituted by each State. Accordingly, a Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India was constituted by NITI Aayog on 16thMarch, 2015. The Task Force of NITI Aayog held three meetings and interacted with experts in … more »

1 Cr Consumers join the ‘GiveitUp’ Movement

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, today held a press conference to mark achievement of one crore consumers joining the ‘GiveItUp’ movement, which was started on the call given by the Prime Minister on 27.03.2015 at Úrja Sangam’ conclave. Through the GiveItUp initiative the Government urged the well-off LPG consumers to voluntarily surrender their subsidy and through the subsidy saved the Government promised to give connection to such poor families having no LPG connection. Shri Pradhan Hon’ble Minister shared the idea beh…more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee nominated six members to Rajya Sabha

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 20 hours ago
The President of India today(22.04.2016) nominated Shri Swapan Das Gupta, Shri Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Shri Narendra Jadhav, Sh. Suresh Gopi and Ms. Mary Kom to the Rajya Sabha. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Prime Minister to address the Panchayati Raj Sammelan On the Occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day On 24th April, 2016 from 3.00 PM in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the Panchayati Raj Sammelan on the Occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day on Sunday the 24th of April, 2016 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The main function is being held at the J. R. D. Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur from 1500 hrs. The Prime Minister Shri Modi will be welcomed by the Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Drinking water & Sanitation Chaudhary Birender Singh along with the Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghuvar Das and other central and state ministers. Around 3,000 Panchayat Representatives from all… more »

Environment Minister’s Speech at the Thematic Debate on Sustainable Development Goals in New York

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The following is the text of the speech delivered by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, at the Thematic Debate on Sustainable Development Goals in New York yesterday: “2015 has been a landmark year because collective wisdom of the world decided on two important issues. First, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and second, a very ambitious balanced agreement on climate change. It was historic, because both of these provide an assurance to the 7 billion people of the world that there will be sustainable developm…more »

Move for an action plan on road safety and ease of transport

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve road safety in the country and facilitate ease of transport, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has convened a meeting of Principal Transport Secretaries of states and Transport Commissioners to deliberate on various issues in this regard, that need to be addressed urgently. The deliberations will focus on what needs to be done to make road travel safer, bring down number of accidents, facilitate ease of transport and enhance customer experience in transactions with transport and police departments. Today’s meeting is also being atten…more »

India’s first Cellulosic Alcohol Technology Demonstration Plant at Kashipur, Uttarakhand

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated India’s 1stSecond-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant today at Kashipur in Uttarakhand. Taking pride in the indigenously-developed technology and its evolution into a demonstration plant, he said that more such examples are needed, for the initiatives like Make in India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to be truly successful. Such technological breakthroughs can make India stand out as a leader in the world’s struggle to save the earth from challenges of global warming, he noted. The Minister said that it … more »

Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation meets Sanitation Champions from districts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
On the occasion of the 10th Civil Services Day, April 21, 2016, the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Chaudhary Birendra Singh, met with a group of district-level officials who have displayed exemplary results in sanitation. The meeting was a first in a series of such events where grass root Sanitation Champions from across the country will be invited by the Minister to listen to their experiences and encourage them. Opening remarks at the meeting were given by the Minister of State, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, who congratulated the champion… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to attend the Khongjom day tomorrow

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Manipur tomorrow (April 23, 2016) Where he will attend the Khongjom Day Observation 2016 and inaugurate a Monument-cum-Tourist Centre at Khongjom, Manipur. Khongjom Day is observed on the 23rd April every year by the Government of Manipur to pay tribute to the brave sons of Manipur who made supreme sacrifice for the cause of their motherland. Courtesy:pib.nic.in

Rashtrapati Bhavan to host second batch of Inspired Teachers from Central Universities under its ‘In-Residence’ programme from tomorrow for a week

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The second batch of 13 Inspired Teachers from Central Universities across the country will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for a period of seven days from April 23 to 29, 2016 as part of an ‘In Residence’ programme. The first batch of 31 Inspired Teachers stayed for a week at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the June last year. The In-Residence programme for Inspired Teachers was instituted by the President of India at the annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities on February 5, 2015. Similar programmes exist for writers, artists, grass root innovators and NIT students. The … more »

India gets ‘I led the way’ to the US

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
Capitalising on the tag line, *‘I led the way’*, that Energy Efficiency Services limited (EESL) stands for, this government owned company is now gearing up to set up its 21st overseas office in New York in the near future. “We will go back by the weekend and my office will get cracking with the EESL on Monday to set the ball rolling on EESL’s US chapter. There was huge enthusiasm shown by the Green Bank and the Energy Council of the US earlier in the day during my meetings with them,” said Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy. … more »

Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of States and Chief Justices of High Courts

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
A Joint Conference of Chief Justices of High Courts and Chief Ministers of States is being held on coming Sunday i.e. 24th April, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, here in New Delhi . This will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the august presence of Justice Shri T.S.Thakur, Chief Justice, Supreme Court and Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Union Law and Justice Minister. This conference is held periodically to address pressing issues relating to the administration of justice in the country. Last year it was held on 5th April, 2015. Chief Ministers of all the States and Chief Ju… more »

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Top 10 Obsolete Weapons That Were Shockingly Deadly – Listverse

1 Jack Churchill’s LongbowWhile World War II dragged on with its technological advancements, British army officer Jack Churchill remained rooted in the ideas of the past. Famously saying that “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed,” Churchill charged into battle with a large sword and a longbow.Other nations and soldiers used swords during the war, but Churchill remains unique in his use of the longbow. Churchill fought from 1940 until the end of the war and spent most of his time in British Commando units. During his combat actions, Churchill used the longbow to signal an attack or charge for his men.In 1940, Churchill killed a Nazi NCO in France with his longbow. Scholars consider this to be the last confirmed kill with a longbow in history. Even though Churchill didn’t kill anybody else with the longbow, his use of the weapon became iconic.He developed a reputation for invincibility on the field, leading to various outlandish victories. The most notable one occurred at the town of Piegoletti. While screaming and charging through the night with his medieval weapons, Churchill led his troops to victory against a superior Nazi force.Churchill’s use of the longbow is best described by British weapons historian Mike Loades:Shooting someone with a longbow as the overture to opening up with rifles doesn’t suggest a specific advantage for using the longbow in that situation, but rather a macabre curiosity of using the situation to see what it was like to kill someone with a longbow.Zachery Brasier (despite being relatively antiwar) likes writing about military history.

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Happy Birthday Pt. Ravishankar

Did you know…

… that today is the Birthday of Ravi Shankar (1920)? Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi, India, on April 7, 1920. The Brahmin family into which Shankar was born had a tradition of involvement in music and the arts stretching back literally for centuries. But it wasn’t until his “discovery” by the Beatles’ George Harrison that he became a household name and changed the very sound of the 60s.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I believe in one thing: that anyone who is able to do something good for someone, I mean, should be praised.”

— Ravi Shankar

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Great ! My birthday coincides with ….:)

Did you know…

… that today is First Modern Olympic Games Day? On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, were reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition. In 2004, the Summer Olympics returned to Athens, with more than 11,000 athletes competing from 202 countries.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”

— Jesse Owens

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What is a glass ceiling?

TERM OF THE DAY APRIL 6, 2016
glass ceiling

Invisible but real barrier through which the next stage or level of advancement can be seen, but cannot be reached by a section of qualified and deserving employees. Such barriers exist due to implicit prejudice on the basis of age, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, and/or sex. Although generally illegal, such practices prevalent in most countries.
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Daisy felt she hit a glass ceiling at work, because all of her male coworkers were promoted to management positions, while she was still considered a junior employee.

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Transparency International Newsletter

5 April 2016

Today’s top story

Global: Mossack Fonseca serviced Assad cousin’s firms despite Syria corruption fears
The Guardian

The firm at the centre of the Panama Papers leak serviced a string of companies for a top financier in Bashar al-Assad’s government in the face of international concern about corruption within the Syrian regime.

More news

Global: Panama Papers highlights links between oil and African leaders, businessmen
International Business Times (TI mention)

Global: Rethinking how we measure corruption in Africa
African Media Agency (TI mention)

Brazil: Panama Papers: Brazilians embroiled in Petrobras corruption scandal also linked to Mossack Fonseca documents leak
International Business Times

China: China limits coverage and denounces Panama Papers’ tax haven revelations
Reuters

Iceland: Panama Papers: Iceland prime minister seeks early poll
BBC

Malaysia: S’wak candidates urged to sign Election Integrity Pledge
FMT news (TI mention)

UK: Panama Papers leak taints David Cameron’s effort to curb massive UK tax avoidance
Vice (TI mention)

Ukraine: Will the ‘Panama Papers’ bring down Ukraine’s Chocolate King?
Foreign Policy (TI mention)

Blogs and opinion

News from Transparency International

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What are checks and balances? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY APRIL 4, 2016
checks and balances

1. Corporate: internal control mechanism that guards against fraud and errors due to omission. In a system with checks and balances, the authority to make a decision, and the associated responsibility to verify its proper execution, is distributed among different departments. These department are kept logically and physically apart, and no one department can complete a transaction all on its … Read more

USAGE EXAMPLE
The system of checks and balances that the company had in place were impenetrable thus reducing their number of corporate thefts and embezzlement issues to zero.

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Mt. McKinley Day

Did you know…

… that today is Mt. McKinley Gets Climbed Day? In 1910, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, was climbed. It is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. The Koyukon people who inhabit the area around the mountain have referred to the peak as “Denali” for centuries. “Mount McKinley” was the official name recognized by the United States government from 1917 until 2015, when the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the change of the official name of the mountain to Denali.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

— Scott Hamilton

How an Alibaba arm offers mouth-watering deals that Indian ecommerce players can’t – The Economic Times

@NarendraModi ji – While UN does not have a definition of  Terrorism – Indian Government’s Ministries do not have a definition of eCommerce and Marketplace and there are simply NO RULES ! It makes Chinese invasion thru Trade terrorism easy with its official Dumping of the cheap products which kill Indian enterprises especially MSME Sector.  But is the Government really willing to take any steps ?  I wonder😦

 

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Great article by Seth Godin – Gullible

  • Actually, the truth isn’t up to them – http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/147085548/0/sethsblog~Actually-the-truth-isnt-up-to-them.html
    There it is, in black and white, on page 782, between gullet and Gulliver. Actually, it’s not there, which is cause for worry. In the brand new fifth edition of the classic American Heritage Dictionary, the word ‘gullible’ is missing.
    A significant defect.
    Clearly, they need to recall all of the books they’ve already printed.
    Sandy Williams, head of the division at Houghton Mifflin that publishes the book, was clearly working hard to avoid the cost of a recall. “It turns out,” he was quoted as saying, “that our lexicographers found some significant evidence that cast doubt on whether or not it’s even a word. We decided, in an abundance of caution, to leave it out of this edition.”
    That’s the warning sign… when the rationale/logic/story happens after you’ve decided what you want to do, not before.
    This relentless reframing of the truth into something else causes us to not ask the right questions, it prevents us from understanding our options, and from making smart choices. As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.
    Just because a leader can gain power or influence by denying a truth isn’t sufficient reason for you to follow him.
    The irony runs deep. People claiming that they care about health have held vaccines back from their kids, re-introducing dangerous diseases to their childhood.
    People insisting that they care about education run to join school boards and then work to introduce mythology to children instead.
    The world is not flat. Gullible actually is a word. The ice is melting. The world is not 5,000 years old. Stevie Wonder, is, unfortunately, blind.
    In a culture where con men, hucksters and others desperately seeking power and influence have decided that they can profit by making truth seem relative, we’re in danger of every day becoming the first of April.
    Gravity’s not just a good idea, it’s the law

What is a Ponzi scheme? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY MARCH 31, 2016
Ponzi scheme

Scam in which a gullible group is enticed with the promise of very high returns in a very short time, but is based on paying off the early ‘investors’ from the cash from (hopefully ever increasing number of) new ‘investors.’ The whole structure collapses when the cash outflow exceeds the cash inflow. The originators of the scheme, however, usually disappear with large sums a few days before … Read more

USAGE EXAMPLE
Federal investigators began looking into the company’s affairs on suspicion of running a Ponzi scheme after seeing months of abnormally high returns without any visible product or service offered.

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Happy Birthday GMAIL.. :)

Did you know…

… that today is Gmail Announcement Day? On this day in 2004, Google announced that it would be introducing a free email service called Gmail, which was officially launched the next day. Trivia fans: When Google issued a press release date-stamped April 1, an awful lot of people briefly took it to be a really good hoax.😉

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”

— William Jennings Bryan

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Today is Jeopardy Day

Did you know…

… that today is Jeopardy! Day? Jeopardy, an American television game show created by Merv Griffin, features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. In 2013, the program was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 greatest shows in American television history. Watch your favorite game show today!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.'”

— Linda Ellerbee

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Charlie Chaplin Legion of Honor Day

Did you know…

… that today is Charlie Chaplin Receives Legion of Honor Day? On this day in 1931, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, an English comic, silent film actor and filmmaker, received France’s Legion of Honor. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “the Tramp” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”

— Charlie Chaplin

Purpose of Art

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

— Pablo Picasso

Seth Godin’s latest – I agree in Principle

“I agree in principle…” – http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/145870436/0/sethsblog~I-agree-in-principle.html

“But in practice, I’ll need to be more hard-hearted, practical, selfish, mass-oriented, short-term, callous…” Principles, it seems, are for other people.

Because business is business.

Because my boss won’t let me.

Because he’ll never get elected.

Because we’ve never done it that way.

Because the buyer will never take it for the store.

Because it’s too risky.

Because I’m under a lot of pressure.

Because I’m afraid.

Principle, of course, is for us, not only for other people. One of the great privileges of not living on the edge of disaster is that we have the ability to act on our principles.

The hard part is realizing that it’s never the edge of disaster, and that the long run is always shorter than we imagine.• Email to a friend •

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Joseph Barbera’s Birthday (1911)? Joseph Roland “Joe” Barbera was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist. Barbera is best known for his partnership with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera fame, the most successful television animation studio in the business. They produced such classics as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, The Smurfs, Huckleberry Hound and The Jetsons. Enjoy some cartoon watching today!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“I have a daughter and she’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me. She gives me a good excuse to watch cartoons.”

— Mike Dirnt

What is stochastic? – parkhe@gmail.com – Gmail

TERM OF THE DAY MARCH 23, 2016
stochastic

Situations or models containing a random element, hence unpredictable and without a stable pattern or order. All natural events are stochastic phenomenon. And businesses and open economies are stochastic systems because their internal environments are affected by random events in the external environment. Stochastic is often taken to be synonymous with probabilistic but, strictly speaking, … Read more

USAGE EXAMPLE
Sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where the outcome can be stochastic and you need to try and prepare for all variables.

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HR Headlines : Naukri.com newsletter.

HR HEADLINES
59% recruiters expect new jobs to be created in January-June period: Naukri Hiring Outlook, 2016
Nearly 60 percent of recruiters expect new jobs to be created in the January-June period and IT, manufacturing and retail are likely to become top sectors for job creation, says a survey. According to the Naukri Hiring Outlook, 2016, 40 per cent recruiters said maximum jobs would be created for 1-3 years experience level in the coming months. IT-software industry (16 percent) leads the sectoral analysis with expectation of maximum job creation. Manufacturing and retail come second with an 8 percent growth in expectation of new job creation. “As per the Naukri Hiring Outlook Survey, recruiters are cautiously optimistic about the hiring outlook over the next six months,” Naukri.Com Chief Sales Officer Mr. V Suresh said. MR. Suresh further noted that though the forecasts vary by industry and region, recruiters from industries like IT services, retail and even manufacturing are expecting the job market to move north. On increments, the survey said that this year, 33 percent recruiters are expected to give increments in the range of 5-10 percent and 26 per cent are expected to give increments in the range of 10-15 per cent. “As far as increments are concerned, 30 percent recruiters surveyed feel the average increments could be around 15 percent in the current appraisal cycle. Good times ahead for jobseekers,” Mr. Suresh said. Meanwhile, 32 percent recruiters feel getting a better offer is the primary reason behind people changing their jobs, followed by salary. Around 13 percent said location is the reason why people change jobs and 12 percent said that job profile is also a reason for job change. Naukri Hiring Outlook is a bi-annual survey which gauges the hiring sentiment across sectors and industries. The survey was conducted with more than 4,000 respondents – a mix of recruiters and consultants
Source : 22-03-16   Naukri.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Leading Indian B-schools, choosing domestic over Global Job Opportunities
This year leading B-schools of India witnessed a rapid decline in global job opportunities. Offers from international enterprises have descended by 25 percent in IIM-Bangalore, 74 percent in IIM-Kozhikode, and about 20 percent in IIM-Calcutta. In addition, XLRI did not receive any international offer this year. Pondering over the situation, B-schools’ placement teams informs that, students are obtaining domestic offers prior to the international offers. And, with India emerging as the brightest spot in the global economy, students are more inclined towards domestic jobs. “India will be the fastest growing major economy driven by investment, consumption and policy factors, which will boost employment,” said Mr. SV Nathan, Senior Director and Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte India. “Also, U.S. and European firms are expanding their presence here and so the companies are focusing more on hiring in India.” Despite the fact that, BMW and Protiviti provided job opportunities for the first time in the management school, international offers submerged to 15 from approximately 20 last year at IIM-Bangalore. Similarly, at IIM-Kozhikode, international offers were only 4 compared to 15 last year and IIM-Calcutta received 21 in comparison to 26 in 2015. It is also an interesting scenario as both the batches of IIMs in Kozhikode and Kolkata, were already placed domestically by the time a few international offers arrived in the campus.
Source : 21-03-16   Jobs.siliconindia.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
P&G India announced six-month leave for employees who adopt kids
The Indian subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, the American multinational consumer goods company, has decided to introduce a new policy which will allow its employees a paid leave of six months when they adopt a child. The initiative is a part of its industry-leading efforts, which has seen it been counted amongst the first few companies in India to grant maternity leave of six months. The new policy makes both male and female employees eligible for this paid leave if they are the primary caregivers. “The intent of launching the Adoption Leave Policy is to lead the way for the industry as we see the adoption trend rising in the near future,” said Ms. Sonali RoyChowdhury, HR director at P&G India. “We expect the trend to pick up, especially as P&G India is a very young organisation with an average age of 28-29,” she said. Reportedly, the number of P&G employees who have adopted children has doubled in the past two years. Not only this, P&G India has also upgraded its flexible working policy which would allow employees to work from home for as many days as their manager allows. “We are reaffirming our commitment to ‘flex@work’ by providing greater flexibility in critical life stages like return from maternity/paternity, taking care of ageing parents, attending to a family member who is sick, etc,” Ms. Roychowdhury said. It was five years ago that P&G had introduced a maternity leave of six months, setting an example for other companies to follow. With this move, it surely has become an example for its peers.
Source : 22-03-15   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
7th Pay Commission: Cheers for government employees! Centre to start paying increased salary from July
In what could bring smiles to lakhs of central government employees, the Centre might start paying the increased salary, recommended by Seventh Pay Commission, from July onwards, as per media reports. Added to the pleasure will be the government decision to also pay arrears to the employees along with the hike in salary. The ‘increased pay’, which is due from January 1, 2016, will mean a total of six months’ arrear. As much as Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned in the Union Budget 2016-17 for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission for government employees. Implementation of the pay commission report in total is to cost the government Rs 1.02 lakh crore. The government in January set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary Mr. P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.
Source : 23-03-16   Zeenews.india.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Mr. Saikiran Krishnamurthy may head Flipkart logistics unit ekart
Flipkart Ltd, India’s largest e-commerce firm, is close to naming Mr. Saikiran Krishnamurthy, a senior leader in its core commerce business, as the head of its logistics unit ekart, said four people familiar with the matter. The move is aimed partly at breaking down barriers between ekart and Flipkart’s commerce arm, which until recently were being run as independent businesses, two of the four people said. Mr. Krishnamurthy most recently headed the service product group in Flipkart’s commerce platform. His team is responsible for order fulfilment, post-delivery and seller services, and is closely linked to ekart, which is a key business for Flipkart, employing more than 20,000 workers who deliver smartphones, clothes, shoes, TVs and other products to customers. He is expected to take charge this month, the four people cited above said. Mr. Krishnamurthy was one of Flipkart’s high-profile hires last year. The online retailer hired him from consultant McKinsey & Co. in March.
Source : 19-03-16   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Ms. Indra Nooyi’s pay package increases 18% to $26.4 mn
PepsiCo Inc awarded Chief Executive Officer Ms. Indra Nooyi a $26.4 million pay package for 2015, an 18 per cent increase, after she helped offset the effect of a stronger dollar by cutting more than $1 billion in costs. Ms. Nooyi’s received $13.9 million in cash bonuses and a stock award valued at $6.25 million that will vest depending on how PepsiCo’s stock performs relative to its peers over the next three years, according to a proxy statement. The pay also included $1.64 million in salary and a $4.26 million adjustment to the value of her pension and deferred pay. Ms. Nooyi coped with slowing growth at PepsiCo last year by trimming expenses, raising prices and rolling out new products. North American demand helped fuel growth at its Frito-Lay snack division as the stronger US dollar eroded sales overseas. The Purchase, New York-based company’s shares gained 5.7 percent last year, outpacing rival Coca-Cola Co and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston received the second-biggest pay package last year, valued at $8.56 million.
Source : 19-03-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
More women to script success stories in startups: Nasscom
Entrepreneurship is buzzing in India with startups springing up by the day to capture the new business opportunities. And women are beginning to make their presence felt. Though small in number for now, their role is only expected to get bigger in the days to come. The country already has the presence of over 4,200 startups straddling the spaces of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) with women as founders constituting around 9% of this group currently, according to information provided by Nasscom. There has been a 50% rise in number of women entrepreneurs between the years 2014 and 2015 with this segment receiving a cumulative investment of $168 million in the last one year, which was a 4x growth. Women as entrepreneurs are equally excited about their journey in the startup world and are resonating well with their targeted markets.
Source : 21-03-16   Financialexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Apple hires corporate security officer
Apple Inc, amid a pitched battle with the US government over law enforcement’s desire to crack into iPhones, has hired a new security executive to oversee its corporate digital defences, people familiar with the matter said. Apple appointed Mr. George Stathakopoulos, formerly vice president of information security at Amazon.com Inc and before that Microsoft Corp’s general manager of product security, to be vice-president of corporate information security, the people said. Apple declined to comment on the new hire.
Source : 19-03-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Prof. V Ramgopal Rao Likely to Become IIT-D Director
A Telangana man, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, is likely to become the director of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi. Prof Ramgopal Rao’s name was sent by search-cum-selection committee to the President for approval. The approval is expected to be received in about a week’s time. Mr. Rao, a native of Kollur, Mahabubnagar, completed his BTech from Kakatiya University and MTech from IIT-Bombay. Mr. Rao, who is PK Kelkar Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Bombay, is chief investigator at the Centre for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, and head of Centre for Research in Nanotechnology & Science, IIT-Bombay. He received Prof CNR Rao Bangalore India Nano Science Award, and Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize.
Source : 22-03-16   Newindianexpress.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Oracle announces plans to expand operations in India
Following in the footsteps of IT majors Microsoft, Google, and Apple Inc, the US global computer technology corporation Oracle has unveiled plans to set up a state-of-the-art campus centred in Bengaluru, India’s IT capital. It will also open nine incubation centres to support startups in the country and train over half a million students in India to develop computer science skills through Oracle Academy. The student training initiative is expected to give a boost to the government’s “Digital India” and “Skill India” programs. The announcement was made after Oracle’s Global CEO Ms. Safra Catz called on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Delhi. During the meeting, she briefed the prime minister on Oracle’s plans to expand its operations in the country. Oracle has been operating in India for the last three decades but this was the first time the company announced such major plans which coincided with Ms Catz’s maiden visit to the country. The new campus in Bengaluru, the largest outside its headquarters at Redwood Shores, California, will be spread over an area of 2.8 million square feet and is expected to be the epicentre of its operations throughout India. More than 11,000 employees from diverse fields, including engineering, sales and marketing, global support, and finance and consulting, will converge at the high-tech site.
Source : 23-03-16   Zdnet.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Quota in private jobs will curb naxalism: Union Minister Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan
Asserting that SC/ST people are equally competent to do private jobs, Union Minister Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan asked the industry to voluntarily give reservation to the weaker sections, claiming it will help curb naxalism. “Why are youths drifting towards naxalism? It is happening because they are not getting opportunities,” Mr. Paswan said on the sidelines of an event here. “Providing quota in private jobs will help cool down anger among SC and STs,” The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs said suggesting that the vulnerable youths from these sections are taking to extremist ideology due to the lack of employment avenues for them. Currently, the industry does not seem to be bothered about the backward sections of society, he added. Making a strong pitch for job quota in private sector, the Minister said: “The private industry, which is benefiting from the government, should reserve jobs if not at Class I and Class II but at least at Class III and Class IV levels to provide just reservation to scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST).”
Source : 22-03-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Honeywell Automation appoints ex-Wipro CFO as Chairman
Honeywell Automation India Ltd (HAIL) announced appointment of former Wipro CFO Mr. Suresh Senapaty as its Chairman. Mr. Senapaty has been appointed as an Additional Director (Non-Executive, Independent) and as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the company said in a statement. “Mr. Suresh Senapaty will be responsible for contributing to HAIL’s overall strategy and to provide counsel on corporate governance, business, and financial matters,” it added. He succeeds Mr. Surendra L. Rao, who served as member of the Board of Directors of HAIL since January 2002 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from August 2014 to February 2016. Commenting on the appointment, HAIL Managing Director Vikas Chadha said: “Mr. Suresh’s global and local experience will provide the right financial vision for a company like HAIL, which brings both global technology expertise, and local capabilities to address the unique needs of Indian customers.” Mr. Senapaty has experience of over three decades in finance, governance, and strategy. He has held leadership and board positions at several Wipro companies, having previously led its finance function across its information technology, consumer care, infrastructure engineering, and healthcare businesses, HAIL said. On his new role, Mr. Senapaty said: “Honeywell’s technologies help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges in energy efficiency, safety, security, and productivity. Honeywell is also equally local, with many decades of service in India. I am excited to be part of this company and look forward to see the business grow in India.”
Source : 17-03-16   Thehindu.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
India taking BPOs to small towns for employment
Communications and Information Technology Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is taking BPOs to small towns to create job opportunities in rural areas of India. “We are taking BPOs (business process outsourcing) to small towns of India to provide employment to youth so that they don`t have to migrate to cities for jobs,” Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Digital India Summit in the capital. The minister said that only 398 km of optical fibre cables were laid in Indian villages before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came into power. “Now more than 1 lakh km of OFC is laid, touching more than 50,000 village panchayats.” He said the nation`s future lay in its talent clubbed with the information technology, and pointed out that the country witnessed a huge jump in manufacturing of mobile phones that “has grown by 83 percent since last year”. “Now almost every big mobile phone brand has a manufacturing here. Investments in electronic manufacturing prior to May 2014 was only Rs.11, 000 crore. Now it has crossed Rs.128, 000 crore.” The minister said growth of internet was an important tool for development and described it as an “open, fair, democratic, neutral and plural media for empowerment of people”. “It (Internet) must remain non-discriminatory,” he added. The minister stated that “digitally empowered India is the ultimate aim of Digital India Mission.”
Source : 22-03-16   Zeenews.india.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Atos hires Mr. Sean Narayanan as it looks to buy Perot Systems
Even as it is in talks with Dell to acquire the Perot Systems business, French IT services and solutions provider Atos has strengthened its senior leadership by hiring a key executive to manage its global delivery. The Euronext-listed company has appointed Mr. Sean Narayanan, former chairman and managing director for LiquidHub India, as its chief operating officer (COO) and head of global delivery for its consulting and system integration business. Before joining LiquidHub in July 2014, Mr. Narayanan was a key executive at IGATE (now part of Capgemini), where he was the chief delivery officer and also a board member of one of its business units. Mr. Narayanan’s joining of Atos assumes significance at a time when the company is engaged in serious talks with Dell to acquire the Perot Systems business. According to several sources in the know, Atos is learnt to have outbid most other suitors including India’s top IT outsourcing services company Tata Consultancy Services. “The discussion is reaching a stage of finality,” said a top official who was previously engaged in the conversation with the company. “Atos might have already made it,” added the source.
Source : 23-03-16   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Royal Bank of Scotland to move 300 jobs to India
Royal Bank of Scotland has announced plans to cut 448 investment banking jobs in the UK and move two-thirds of those to India. Around 300 jobs will go to existing Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) operations in Gurgaon and Chennai. London and Newcastle-under-Lyme will bear the brunt of the job cuts, along with Manchester and the layoffs will take place by the end of next year. “As part of RBS’s drive to be a stronger, simpler and fairer bank, we have been restructuring our corporate & institutional bank, as well as reducing its size, to focus on our core customers and products,” the bank said in a statement. “As this process continues, our frontline staff need a simpler, clearer, more efficient relationship with our middle and back-office functions to better serve customers, so we’re reshaping our services business accordingly,” it said. Unfortunately the changes will result in some job losses. The bank, which is 73 per cent owned by the British taxpayer after a bail-out during the financial crisis, had recently also announced a cut of 550 investment advisers, replacing them with an automated system. It has been in the midst of global restructuring as it reported losses of 2 billion pounds this year.
Source : 16-03-16   Deccanchronicle.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com

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Bar Council and Bar Association now under RTI – RTI INDIA

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RTI INDIA8 hours ago0 commentsDeclared PA, Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Public Authority
The CIC has brought both Bar Council and Bar Association under RTI. The Bar Council being the statutory body constituted under Advocates Act 1961, to protect ethical standards of Advocates and admonish the members for misconduct are not exempt under RTI Act, ruled the Central Information Commission.

Similarly, though Bar Associations are different from Bar Councils, they are also constituted under a law made by Parliament, i.e., the Advocates Act, 1961. They too have a duty to inform the people about their activities.

Bar Council and Bar Association now under RTI
The appellant wanted information regarding the number of complaints against the advocates, how many cases were disposed of, number of advocates who had violated the provisions of Advocates Act, number and percentage of complaints disposed of within a year of the lodging of the complaint, etc. practising/registered with the Bar Associations and how many disciplinary cases against the advocates were sent to the Bar Council by the respective Bar Associations located. The appellant complained that he was not provided with the required information and his first appeals were also not heard by the FAA.

The decision can be read here!

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Iron Lady Day.

Did you know…

… that today, besides being St. Patrick’s Day (Happy St. Paddy’s Day!), is Prime Minister Golda Meir Day? On March 17, 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel. She was the world’s fourth and Israel’s first and only woman to hold such an office. She has been described as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics and was often portrayed as the “strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

— Golda Meir

Mentoring = Outcome or Goal? Article 9

In order to maximize  mentoring which is a two-way relationship, it is valuable to begin the first session by agreeing the outcomes and goals of the mentoring relationship.
Although goals and outcomes are welcome to change over time, both parties must be clear about what the mentee wants.
Q. What is the difference between an outcome and a goal?
A. An outcome is the end result. The goal is the milestone.
For example, say the mentee wants to buy a business. The mentee’s outcome would be to buy a business, and the mentee’s goal would be saving or arranging  money for the down payment.
When working with a mentee is it important to explore what the mentee’s outcome is (what they truly want) as well as what steps, milestones or goals they need to achieve in order to fulfill their outcome.
It is highly recommended that when setting goals, all goals are made SMART.
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic, and Timely. For every goal ask the following questions:
Is the goal Specific? If the goal is “I want to save money”, ask for specifics. How much money does your mentee want to save? e.g.: £30,000.
Is the goal Measurable? Will you or the mentee be able to measure or gauge whether or not the goal was achieved by the date set?
Is the goal Accountable? Will your mentee tell someone else about their goal, and ask that person to hold them accountable?  Make sure to agree with your mentee “Who will you be accountable to?” And: “How will you keep me up to date on your progress?”
Is the goal Realistic? The mentee can attain almost anything they put their mind to and yet it is important to ask whether the mentee has the skills, knowledge, and resources required to achieve the goal?  If not, a different goal may need to be set first to help them accomplish the end goal.
Is the goal Timely / Does the goal have a due date? You will want to ask your mentee when they plan to save £30,000.  by?  And, more specifically, how much they commit to saving each month in order to reach this target?
If all goes well you will end up with a goal similar to the following example:
Specific and Timely: Save £30,000 by March 2014
More Specific and Timely: Save £1,000 each month from this month till March 2014. Will do this by putting £1,000 into my savings account on the first of every month
Accountable: Email my mentor on the first of every month to inform them I have put aside the money. Meet mentor in person to celebrate in March 2014 when the £30,000 mark is reached
Realistic: Yes, I am capable of reaching this target!
Remember, for all goals to be successful they need to be SMART.

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What a Treaty ! Migratory Bird Treaty Day !

Did you know…

… that today is Migratory Bird Treaty Day? On this day in 1916, the United States and Canada enacted the first migratory bird treaty, later to evolve into the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA). The treaty was for the protection of migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada) and makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell migratory birds. Over 800 species are currently on the list. Go out and do some bird watching today – and don’t forget to feed them!

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

— Miles Kington

Mentoring – First Interview – Article 8

In this virtual world, physical contact with my mentees is usually limited.  I therefore use the following as a questionnaire which I share with the Mentee by mail, whatsapp and they take their time to respond to these First interview questions.
These questions can provide a quick way to break the ice in an early mentoring meeting (with thanks to the Independent newspaper).
The answers don’t have to be written down/ they can be typewritten:)  – this is to create conversation. Both mentee and mentor can answer:
  1. If you weren’t talking to me right now you’d be …
  2. A phrase you use far too often is …
  3. You wish people would take more notice of …
  4. The most surprising thing that happened to you was …
  5.  A common misconception (idea) of you is …
  6. You are not a politician, but …
  7. You are good at…
  8. You are very not good at…
  9. The best day / night out is …
  10. The best age to be is …
  11. In a nutshell, your philosophy is …
  12. You light up when…
Simple questions. No judgement is passed, nor it is expected.  It helps the understanding process. The better we understand each other – it helps the future dialogue/ communications to be clearer and precise.
The ABC or 3 Keys to Communications I learnt early are –
Accuracy
Brevity
Clarity.

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Ministers under RTI – RTI INDIA

Ministers under RTI
RTI INDIA19 hours ago3 commentsCIC Decisions, Ministers, Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu, Section 2 (h)
In a big decision, Central Information Commission have brought Ministers under RTI and declared Ministers in the Union Government and all State Governments as ‘public authorities’ under Section 2(h)of the RTI Act. The Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act. The commission has directed that a Public Information Officer within two months from the date of receipt of this order be appointed with each Minister Office.

The Commission strongly recommends to implement the recommendations of NCRWC, Second ARC and replace the ‘oath of secrecy’ with ‘oath of transparency” so that the Minister will respect the right to information of the citizen, which was passed by the Parliament and considered as fundamental right intrinsic in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, and be answerable/accountable to the citizens.

Ministers under RTI
The question can came in front of CIC was

Is ‘Minister’ a ‘public authority’?

The Commission strongly recommended the Centre and States to provide necessary support to each minister, including designating some officers, or appointing as Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities. They also shall be given an official website for suo moto disclosure of the information with periodical updating as prescribed under Section 4 including the facility of meeting people since the Ministers deserve necessary assistance to receive, acknowledge and provide response to the representations given by the people and as Constitutional functionaries, the Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act.

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6 Steps for Mentoring StartUps and New Entrepreneurs – Article 7

Entrepreneurs are ambitious, driven individuals, more often than not, with a clear vision of where they want to go. Mentoring Executives and Mentoring Entrepreneurs is different. It requires even more ‘EMPATHY’ and patience for the Mentor.  Unless the Mentor is able to put him/herself in the Entrepreneurs’ shoes – they are not likely to help. To develop an effective mentoring relationship it is worth considering the following points:
  1. Don’t judge their ideas as you will loose their trust and confidence. If you are unsure about their business concept or entrepreneurial skills, it is best to encourage them to undertake market research or a test trading  activity that will help them to understand whether their business idea will work or not. The less judgemental we are the better. Sometimes, I introduce to them to a concept of Three layered boards.  One SMS or Subject Matter Specialists who are available for informal critique of the Concepts at work. A Second Informal Advisory board consisting of people they respect and have available for advice from different fields like Legal, Finance, Social, Technological, Environmentalists etc..  This works with a Team 100 Program I learnt and licensed from the great coach Late Thomas J Leonard. But shall talk about it sometime later. Once they have three levels of informal advice and communication going which is not judgemental, cogent, free advice from someone they respect – the mentor’s help becomes even easier.
  2. Celebrate their achievements each time you meet. Entrepreneurs don’t tend to get this recognition from anyone else as they are often working alone.  Starting a business can be an emotional roller coaster, so it is important to identify and celebrate their latest achievements to boost their motivation and confidence. My habit which I acquired years ago and continued all my professional life of GIFTING – i.e. choosing the right gift and giving it at the right moment to appreciate, convey value of the good work and relationship has always helped me here. Words and pats on the back are good no doubt but surprise gifts are great.
  3. Help them to find solutions to their weaknesses. An entrepreneur needs to deliver across all areas of business  and they will quite often avoid or dismiss areas in which they are weak. As a mentor it’s important to use mentoring tools that discuss all areas of the business, to flag up some of these issues and address them. Much before they start making presentations, SWOT, PESTLE, BEP etc. I ask them to benchmark people in the same ‘Bootstrappers’ League’ and what they are doing.  Peer competitive feeling is always a great motivation rather than the IDOLISING of great businessmen of the past century.  Younger people love success stories of their contemporary people, same age group, different locale.
  4. Become a critical friend by asking them key questions to explore their assumptions or plans in further detail. This isn’t about being critical it’s about questioning and understanding their rationale. Don’t be afraid to dig for  detail as ultimately it will help the client to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their assumptions. You could  role play this activity – for example by pretending to be a potential investor, for example.  In my own experience, many of them were found to be too sensitive to critical questions and they found it as criticism and started going into their shell.  I used a coaching lesson Upfront.  That is ‘A Coach Provokes,  By asking provocative questions, which lead to challenges being accepted and orients coachee to Action’.  The mentor has to make these swift, dynamic changes often banking upon their years of experience and experience of treating each individual as – INDIVIDUAL – a unique person ! That helps.
  5. Don’t overload the mentee with action points. An entrepreneur is constantly aware of what can feel like a never ending task list, so you don’t want the mentee to leave the mentoring session with a sinking feeling and a  to-do-list they fear is unachievable. Action plans created from a mentoring session should help the client to feel  more at ease with what they have to do and what they need to prioritise to achieve the outcomes they want
  6. I also ‘Leave them alone’ for long periods and do not remind them to return for advice, suggestions unless they wish to.  I remain accessible in the virtual world and generally avoid too many physical meetings. Mail, Whatsapp, Skype, Facetime are great tools as also the mobile SMS.

Baby-Boomer Friend : Dennis the Menace Day.

I could not afford to buy the comics in my childhood.  Fortunately, I had friends who could.  God sent them to be my friends.  They would share the Fantom series, the Mandrake , The Chandamama, The Tenalirama, The Tom and Jerry, The Mogali series the Winnie the Pooh books and of course my favorite Dennis – The Menace.  Somewhere, I was able to relate to him.  It is a different matter that I wasn’t so well treated – we had the ‘Stick’ler rule at home with both my mother and father wielding the Stick/ foot scale quite ofter:) for my Dennis like acts.  But it was still fun and memorable.

When I received this newsletter below I realised that Dennis if a real person, would be two years my senior and a Babyboomer too:)  ! I just loved it. Can I ever forget my childhood friends.

Such childhood friends are really Special – ain’t it?  Happy Birthday Dennis !  I still watch his movies on TV. I know you will never Age and will spread laughter for our grandchildren too.

Did you know…

… that today is Dennis the Menace Day? The comic strip “Dennis the Menace” appeared for the first time in 16 newspapers across the country on this day in 1951. Originally created, written, and illustrated by Hank Ketcham, this much-loved character is now seen in at least 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and in 19 languages.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday.”

— Author Unknown

Ethical Mentoring. Article 6.

Ethical Mentoring is not like Ethical Hacking:) !

It is vital that as a mentor we abide by ethical standards.
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
Professional ethics are crucial to any service business. ‘Ethics’ refers to an agreed upon set of moral principles or values or rules of conduct. Professional ethics is a broad topic that includes personal conduct, professionalism, confidentiality and client referral to a therapist or consultant, as well as conflicts of interest.
At Striding Out we subscribe to the Ethical Guidelines of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
CONFIDENTIALITY AND CHILD PROTECTION
Mentors must treat all information a mentee shares with the utmost respect and confidentiality. Any notes a mentor may take about their mentee should not have the mentee’s full name and contact information on it unless the mentee agrees and unless the notes are securely filed in a manner in which no one other than the mentor can access.
It is imperative that your mentee feels comfortable talking about their life, and at the same time it is vital that you uphold your legal responsibility.

There are, however, some exceptions to confidentiality:  

•  When the mentee is at risk or harm to themselves or others

•  When the mentee is being abused, neglected, exploited or discloses the abuse of another person

In these cases, the mentor is required to report the shared information to the police, youth protection services, or the appropriate authority. Striding Out recommends that during the first mentoring session you inform your mentee that if any of the above-mentioned information is shared, by law, you must report it to the appropriate authorities.
It is not your responsibility to fix your mentee’s problem. It is your responsibility to forward the information to the appropriate authorities or external agencies.
For those mentoring within a youth organization, make sure to be familiar with the organisation’s child protection policy.

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Girl Scouts Begin Day.

Did you know…

… that today is Girl Scouts Begin Day? The Girl Scout organization (original named Girl Guides) was founded on this day in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. Juliette envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character. At a time when women in the United States couldn’t yet vote, this nearly deaf 51-year-old sparked a worldwide movement inspiring girls to embrace their individuality, strength, and intellect. Thank you, Juliette.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”

— Gertrude Jekyll

Ethics in Mentoring – About Propriety ,. Article 5

When behaving appropriately, Mentors:
  1.  Treat all mentees with respect and equality regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation
  2. •Adapt their mentoring to suit their mentee’s learning style. See the Learning Styles section
  3.  Are on time to all sessions
  4. Are honest about who they are and what they can offer
  5. Provide appropriate, timely, and constructive feedback
  6. Empower their mentee to look within to solve problems
  7. Listen actively
  8. Encourage their mentee to make decisions for themselves
What is impropriety or Inappropriate behaviour?
When behaving inappropriately, mentors:
  1. Tell their mentee what they “should” do (this dis-empowers the mentee)
  2. Criticize, attack or put down the mentee
  3. Provide advice based on assumptions
  4. Pity their mentee
  5. Preach or lecture their mentee
  6. Use derogatory language
  7. Engage in unwanted physical contact. Before touching your mentee e.g. a hug you must ask their permission first however it is advised not to make physical contact with your mentee if they are a minor.
  8. Sexually harass their mentee
  9. Personally attack or insult their mentee
  10. Request the mentee to lie, run errands, or keep secrets

 

What is supply chain management (SCM)? 

TERM OF THE DAY MARCH 11, 2016
supply chain management (SCM)

Management of material and information flow in a supply chain to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost.

Supply chain management requires the commitment of supply chain partners to work closely to coordinate order generation, order taking, and order fulfillment. They thereby create an extended enterprise spreading far beyond the producer’s location.

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USAGE EXAMPLE
I was analyzing the organizational structure and realized there was a deficiency in the supply chain management because we were having trouble fulfilling our obligations.

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Bell bottoms day 😀

Did you know… 
… that today is Bell-Bottomed Jeans Day? Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans on this day in 1969. They became quite popular with men and women for a few years. This particular style made its reappearance in the 1990s for a short period of time and we’ve probably not seen the last of them yet! ;-) 
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Today’s Inspirational Quote: 
“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.” 
— Claire Cook

Top 10 Essential Qualities of a Mentor – Article 4.

Great mentors are motivated and have exceptional mentoring relationships.
Anyone can be a mentor and yet there are specific qualities that make mentors exceptional:
Reliability – A great mentor is trustworthy, consistent, and dependable.  The mentee should be able to count on the mentor to show up when agreed, be prepared for the session, and have the mentee’s best interest in mind.
Persistence – A great mentor is persistent. In most cases the mentor must be willing to commit to mentoring for a length of time in order to support the mentee in achieving results.  Especially when working with young people, a successful mentor does not give up easily but instead keeps persistent focus on what the mentee wants to achieve.
Respect – A great mentor respects their mentee. They see their mentee’s positive attributes and achievements. They honour their mentee’s beliefs, opinions, background and choices.   In order for a mentoring relationship to have a real lasting impact it must be based on mutual respect.
Good Humour – A great mentor has a good sense of humour. We can often be too hard on ourselves and forget to take ourselves lightly.  It is the role of mentor to be flexible, know when to be silly, and when to be serious. At times, the mentee may find it hard to see the humour in their life. Like any other tool, humour, when used appropriately, can help shift the mentee’s perspective and energy during the session, from stuck to unstuck.
Patience – A great mentor understands that each mentee lives their life according to their individual timeline. It is important to have patience, knowing when to push your mentee and when to give them space and time.
Intuitive – A great mentor knows how to harness his or her intuition for the benefit of the mentee. A mentor needs to be wary of relying on conscious reasoning all the time. Intuition is an incredibly powerful tool, more powerful than logic.  When allowed to flow freely, intuition will tell you when your mentee is not being honest, or when your mentee is feeling scared.  The ability to intuit things comes with practice. If the intuition is accurate it will make an impact. If the intuition is not accurate the mentee will let you know. Remember it is all about trial and error.
Curiosity – A great mentor is curious about ALL aspects of the mentee’s life. Using curiosity, intuition, and powerful questions, a mentor does not make assumptions, but instead gains an honest understanding of who the mentee is and what the mentee wants. Curiosity will help you and your mentee get to the core of an issue and shine light on aspects that the mentee is hiding from him/herself.
Honesty – A great mentor is honest about who they are, what they are capable of, as well as what they notice in their mentee.  Being truthful is incredibly important because it supports a relationship based on trust.  Nonetheless, truthfulness should never be used in a malicious, intentionally hurtful manner
Self-regulation – A great mentor knows how to regulate his or her own emotions in a session. As a mentor, your state of mind and body has an impact on the mentoring relationship.  Make sure to leave your personal and professional issues outside the mentoring session.  How will you know when you are not self-regulating?  You may start to daydream, talk to yourself, get angry, and/or apathetic.
Commitment – A great mentor is committed to their mentee. Your role as a mentor is very important. Make sure you are clear about the time and energy commitment the mentoring requires, before you agree to the relationship.

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Welcome opening up of road transport – ET Blogs

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has proposed path-breaking reform of the road transport sector. The Constitution lists road transport in the concurrent list, but passenger transport is a state monopoly in most states. The practice is to allocate road permits on select routes to private operators, on a caseby-case, arbitrary basis. It clearly needs overhauling.
The Centre has now sought to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to open up the road transport sector so as to shore up investment, boost enterprise and step-up myriad passenger conveniences. In a large, populous nation like ours, we do need an enabling provision in the law for private road transport to zoom ahead unfettered. The segment is anyway undercapitalised.
And the systematic entry of new players would provide much-needed competitive pressures for stodgy state road transport undertakings to either turn shipshape or make way for others. Even as we augment roads and highways, we need to reform passenger transport. But, in parallel, we need to thoroughly modernise our tax regime for transport equipment and fuel.
As a recent report by chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian points out, input tax credit for Union excise duty on capital equipment in such vital sectors as transportation, infrastructure and construction is routinely denied simply because these are not counted as manufacturing. So, notionally, we do have Cenvat or central value-added taxes, with tax only payable on the value added at each stage of output, and tax setoff available along the value chain. However, an estimated three-fourths of all capital investment suffers tax-on-tax, or cascading tax rates. The tax-on-tax system hugely distorts transport fuel prices as well. We surely need to remove the glaring anomalies, going forward.
This piece appeared as an editorial opinion in the print edition of The Economic Times.

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How Mentoring Benefits the Mentor too ! Article 3

While mentoring programs are designed to benefit the mentee, there are benefits for the mentors as well.
It is my experience that as the mentee’s confidence, personal awareness, clarity of mind and accomplishments increase so will the mentor’s.
Through the process of mentoring, mentors will specifically:
  1. •  Strengthen their communication skills – people who mentor learn how to build effective rapport, listen deeply, ask powerful questions and adapt their communication. Personally, I realised the power of Appreciative Enquiry.
  2. •  Improve life satisfaction – research shows that mentoring improves life satisfaction for both mentor and the mentee. Personally, it moved me away from my normal ‘Challenger’ mode to an Intent listener mode.
  3. •  Expose one’s self to diverse thoughts, personalities and cultures – mentors learn about different ways of thinking and expand their knowledge of other people. Personally, it helped me open my mind and understand different perspectives. Opening of mind is positive I realised – a closed mind hampers movement.
  4. •  Explore opportunities for recruitment – mentoring offers the opportunity to meet a variety of people who could possibly be suitable candidates for the mentor’s organization. In my personal experience I was able to provide employment counselling for those who were looking for it from their Strengths highlighting perspective.
  5. •  Increase your leadership and management skills – mentoring not only builds confidence, it helps mentors fine-tune their leadership and management skills too. In personal life, the Peer Mentoring experiences were the most challenging at workplace and within the Industry.
  6. •  Grow personally and professionally – through the process of learning how to be the best mentor they can be, a mentor will inevitably grow both personally and professionally.
  7. •  Be seen as someone who cares and is of service to others – whether mentoring in a company or as part of a youth organisation, mentors are seen as positive, selfless role models. It helped me understand what is being humble, what is humility and above all we are not the omnipotent, omniscient – the world had several experts and specialists in thousands of niche’s about which I know nothing about and I must come to respect the knowledge people possess.

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Mustant Production Day

Did you know…

… that today is Mustang Production Day? The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line on March 9, 1964. Trivia fans: Contrary to popular belief, the first model year for the Ford Mustang was 1965. Mustangs produced between March 9th and July 31st of 1964 are often coined the “1964-1/2 Ford Mustang” by enthusiasts, but for all intents and purposes, the cars are 1965 models.

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

— Steve Maraboli

Key Achievements 2015-2016: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

The huge mismatch between education, employability and employment has been staring in the face of the country since the last 40 years now.

The country had more than 70 odd programs on skill development being run across 29 states through 21 different ministries. Each one had their own norms and outcomes and tracking mechanism. The multiplicity of these initiatives had diffused the impact that Skill Development could have had for the youth of India. There was no rationalisation of the process and system and the training were never outcome focused. There was limited emphasis on mapping of the skilled workforce that was required across sectors.

There have been no focused efforts towards streamlining entities working in the skill ecosystem. The country stood on the global map with the maximum number of people in the employable age-group (population between 15-60 years); waiting for some synergies to happen.

The first and foremost step that the current incumbent government took in shaping the skills landscape was the creation of a separate Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship which in the last one year has invested heavily, on restructuring and re-energising the skill ecosystem in the country. It has made some significant efforts in ensuring coordination and convergence across all initiatives and schemes that were active in the skill ecosystem.

The year 2014 saw the launch of Skill India, lead by the newly created Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), to leverage the potential of India’s aspiring youth by equipping them with the skills required to acquire sustainable livelihoods. In just 15 months MSDE has made great strides in streamlining and reinvigorating India’s skilling ecosystem. MSDE’s journey and its key achievements to date are detailed below.

I. The birth of India’s first Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

India’s challenge is immense. 54% of India’s population is below 25 years of age and over 62% of the population is the working-age group. Over 109 million incremental human resources will be required in India alone, across 24 key sectors by the year 2022. Yet, only 4.69% of the Indian population has undergone formal skills training. The lack of coordinated action dedicated to addressing the above challenges, has left India far behind, with India’s demographic dividend on the verge of transforming into a demographic nightmare.

The newly elected government created India’s first Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in July 2014 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to rapidly address the above challenges. This Department became the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in November 2014 with Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy inducted as Minister. MSDE’s was given the mandate of leading India’s skill development and entrepreneurship agenda, at speed and scale, while ensuring quality outcomes. Though this step was taken 68 years too late, MSDE has made excellent progress in just 15months.

II. Key Challenges: Cementing a Fractured Ecosystem

In November 2014, India’s skilling ecosystem was highly fragmented.21 Central government Ministries and departments were implementing over 50 skill training programmes, operating in silos. Conflicting norms between schemes, poor monitoring mechanisms, varying assessment and certification systems and the absence of a coherent vision of success, limited the effectiveness of these initiatives. Further, the government vocational training ecosystem, led by the Directorate of Training (DGT) under the Ministry of Labour was entirely divorced from the private skill training ecosystem system created by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Entrepreneurship and vocational training were separated from each other. Therefore, MSDE, as the lead Ministry for skill training and entrepreneurship and was tasked with coordinating, steering and ensuring coherence within this fractured ecosystem.

MSDE’s first step was to connect the different elements of the ecosystem together. Two verticals from DGT (Training and Apprenticeship), were transferred to MSDE in April 2015. Further, two major Entrepreneurship Development Institutes, were also shifted under MSDE, from the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises.

With the bulk of Skill training and Entrepreneurship efforts now firmly under its ambit, MSDE made three crucial policy interventions, focussed on articulating an overarching vision for skill development in India, and ensure coordination, coherence and consistency of all skill training efforts across the country.

III. Policy Interventions: A Clear Policy Framework for Skilling Established for the first time in India

· India’s First National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 created to rejuvenate India’s skill ecosystem: The Policy articulates an overarching framework for skilling at scale and speed while ensuring high quality outcomes.

· India’s first National Skill Development Mission launched in July 2015 to coordinate and Scale up Skilling Efforts. The Mission seeks to converge, coordinate, implement and monitor skilling activities on a pan-India basis.

· Common Norms for skill development schemes across India notified to ensure standardisation: In November 2014, there were 52 programs running across different Ministries, each of which had their own training norms and standards. To ensure standardisation and consistency in the structure of skill training initiatives across India, Common Norms forall skill development programmes across Central Ministries/Departments were notified on 15 July 2015, after extensive Inter-Ministerial Consultations

· Operationalisation of National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) in progress: The NSQF was created to ensure consistency in measuring the outcomes of skill training. Over 1461qualifications from both the NSDC and ITI ecosystems have been already been aligned to NSQF. By December 2016, all government skill training programmes will be NSQF aligned.

These three initiatives were formally launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15 July 2015, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day. India now has a robust policy framework for skilling and entrepreneurship, for the very first time.

MSDE’s took its mandate as the nodal agency for skill training, a step forward by translating its policy framework into a coherent programme of action, to deliver results on the ground. These are detailed below.

IV. Programme Interventions: Implementing a Coherent Programme of Action to catalyse Skilling Across India:

MSDE’s programme interventions are guided by the principles of Speed, Scale and Quality – which have been addressed simultaneously in each of the initiatives mentioned below.

· MSDE’s Flagship Scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojana (PMKVY) launched, Over 18 lakh youth enrolled to date: PMKVY, an outcome-focused, rewards based scheme seeks to provide fresh training to 14 lakh youth and train 10 lakh through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). More than 18 lakhyouth have been enrolled in fresh training programmes, of which over 10 lakh have completed training.

· Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) Ecosystem Revitalised: Some of the key achievements include:

o 1,141 new ITIs with 1.73 lakh seats have been added in past one year.

o 15,000 instructors have been trained by Central Institutes of Directorate General of Training (DGT).

o Distance learning infrastructure created and over 18000 trainers trained.

o Capacity Building training of Government ITI Principals conducted at various

o Monitoring Mechanisms Strengthened through Web-based MIS Portal hosted atwww.ncvtmis.gov.in – a one-stop information source for all Government as well as Private Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs)..

· Private Skill Training Ecosystem Catalysed through National Skill Development Corporation:NSDC partners have skilled 27.80 lakh people and placed around 12 lakh people through its ecosystem in the last one year. NSDC funded partners have trained over 65.46 lakh students, till date.

· Entrepreneurship Initiatives Scaled up: National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) has already covered 2,00,885 trainees.

Making Skills Aspirational through Participation in World Skills Competitions: India participated inThe World Skills Competition (held in in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August 2015) – the Olympics of Skills and came out with flying colours, winning 8 medallions of excellence in Beauty Therapy, Welding, Graphic Design Technology, Prototype Modelling, Jewellery Design, Plastic Die Engineering. .

Apprenticeship Training scaled up through the modification of the Apprenticeship Act in December 2014. As far back as 1975, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had made changing the legal regime for apprenticeship a public policy priority in her 20-point programme for governance. But for 40 years, the law that required every employer to have apprentices and prescribes stiff penalties including jail terms for those who violate its tenets, had remained unchanged.

· Comprehensive amendments to Apprentices Act 1961 made with effect from 22nd December 2014. Act has been made more responsive to industry and youth. Employers can now engage up to 10% of its total workforce as apprentices. The number of apprentices in the country has increased from 2.70 lakh to 3.10 lakh in the past one year.

V. Achieving Scale and Quality: An Agenda for the Way Forward

· Scaling Up: Some of the proposed initiatives to scale up existing skill training initiatives include:

o 7000 new it is to be opened in the next one year

o Two new Apprentice Training Institutes for Women to be set up in Haryana and Uttarakhand.

o 27 new Advanced Training Institutes (ATI) under PPP mode set up for Training of Trainers throughout the country.

o 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes (MSTIs) to be established with active participation of Industries/Private partners

o Model Skill Centres to be established in every district of India, to provide access to high quality, aspirational skill training opportunities for short-term courses across the country.

o Two new World Bank Projects have been approved to scale up skill development in the country. This includes the Skills Strengthening For Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) project to revitalize the ITI ecosystem and Skill Training for Employability leveraging Public Private Partnership (STEPPP), which will be implemented in mission mode through World Bank support to achieve the objectives laid down in the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM).

· Enhancing Quality and Ensuring Consistency

o A National Board for Skills Assessment and Certification will be established to ensure quality and consistency of skill training qualifications. The Board will combine industry-led SSC certification processes and government authorized NCVT certification and will act as a one stop shop for examinations, assessments and awarding national level certificates in compliance with NSQF, for skill development courses in the country.

In its first year, MSDE has dynamically consolidated the skill ecosystem and made important strides towards revitalizing India’s skill training ecosystem.

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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Budget Highlights 2016-2017

The Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has made the following statement in a media briefing here today.

“The budget for skill development is highly encouraging for us.

As announced, we will be creating 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes (MSTIs) which will basically be the new generation ITIs set up in PPP mode. So far we have just had standalone government or private ITIs. These will be set up in those blocks and districts of the country which are yet to focus on skill development.

The scheme to set up 1,500 MSTIs in PPP mode in unserved blocks of the country has been sent to the EFC for approval. The scheme envisages that access to long-term skill training opportunities is available to all individuals in the country through high quality, government supported Industrial Training Institutes in all unserved blocks of the country. Currently, there are over 2,500 unserved blocks in India. The PPP element of the scheme will ensure that there is buy-in from the private training partner in addition the government grant in-aid.

We are also certain and committed to achieve our target of skilling 1 crore youth over the next 3 years under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). In line with this, we are already setting up model skill centres across more than 500 districts in the country.

The new phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) will be implemented through adequate scaling up, both in terms of sectors and geography, such that the it will function as the signature scheme of Central Government for skill development across the country. High quality training centres present across the country, will be utilised for running the programme. It is envisaged that the revised scheme guidelines will ensure robust monitoring and centre validation through third party agencies, create additional provisions for North East and LWE affected areas, and involve State governments in implementation.

The formation of the National Skill Certification Board is another big step in further strengthening the skill ecosystem. It will see representation from both government and industry, which will collectively enable a joint framework for quality skill assessment.

Assessment processes in the country so far have been highly fragmented and varied. The National Board for Skill Certification will act as a one stop shop for examinations, assessments and awarding national level certificates in compliance with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) for skill development courses in the country. Thus, it is envisaged that the Board will be an autonomous organisation with the mandate of ensuring that the skills assessment ecosystem in the country is maintained at a high standard.

The focus of the budget on creation of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities through initiatives like Start-Up India and others, spells out the clear vision of government, to link the skilled workforce with employment opportunities.

We will work to deliver Entrepreneurship, Education and training in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 government ITIs and 50 Vocational Training Centres. Aspiring entrepreneurs will be connected to mentors and credit markets”.

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18 lakh enrolled in 8 months under Pradhan MantriKaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)– Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that more than 50% of his Ministry’s budget will be focused towards on job roles related to rural area. Addressing media persons here today, he stated that 18 lakh youth have already enrolled in the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) over the last 8 months which reflects the relevance for skills that his ministry and partner have been able to set for the country’s youth.

He said, we had conducted 410 kaushal melas across 29 states reaching out to many of those who needed a direction with regard to employability and employment.

To further ensure increase in capacity and scope of skill development, the Ministry of Skill Development will be also ensuring creation of 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes (MSTIs) which will basically be the new generation ITIs set up in PPP mode. So far there have just been had standalone government or private ITIs. These will be set up in those 2500 blocks and districts of the country which are yet to focus on skill development and do not have ITIs.

He said, the government has also partnered with World Bank to upgrade industrial training in the country not only by extending monetary support but also ensuring best practices being implemented. Skill Training for Employability Leveraging Public Private Partnership (STELPPP) with the proposed assistance of USD One billion from World Bank and Skill Training for Industries Value Enhancement (STRIVE) with an estimated cost of USD 537.50 million.

The formation of the National Skill Certification Board is also another big step in further strengthening the skill ecosystem. It will see representation from both government and industry, which will collectively enable a joint framework for quality skill assessment.

He said, with the implementation of common norms with effect from April 1, 2016, there will be more synergies that will be seen across ministries, departments and states on skill development following one norm, one common outcome and tracking mechanism.

Shri Rudy also said that the government will work to deliver Entrepreneurship, Education and training in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 government ITIs and 50 Vocational Training Centres. Aspiring entrepreneurs will be connected to mentors and credit markets.

The Minister said that Budget 2016 seems promising for India’s youth – whether it is about quality of education, focus on skill development, improving teaching and research outcomes, emphasis on job creation, creating an ease of doing business or promoting entrepreneurship.

He said, we should not look at the budget only from the direct facilitations point of view such as tax relaxations especially at a time when we have to maintain the fiscal deficit at 3.5%. Instead, it is clear that the Government’s focus is to strengthen the economy through indirect methods such as infrastructural development, healthcare, focusing on job creation, skill development, and micro small and medium enterprises.

Shri Rudy said that the budget aims towards bringing parity across all sections for an overall economic growth of the individual and the country. There is a clear effort to strengthen the economy through substantial investment in infrastructural development, rural India, roads and connectivity, job creation, skill development, and micro small and medium enterprises.
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Mentor. Types. Mentoring Benefits. Article 2.

A mentor is, by definition, a trusted guide or helper.
Mentoring is an ongoing relationship that produces extraordinary results in people’s lives.
There are different types of mentoring including:
•  Traditional mentoring – in which a more experienced person (the mentor) mentors the less experienced person (the mentee)
•  Peer mentoring – in which peers of similar ages and / or similar stages in life or career mentor each other (and, in some instances, reverse mentoring occurs – when someone less senior mentors a more senior person)
Mentors work with mentees by providing support through specialised mentoring skills as well as knowledge and personal experience. Through the process of mentoring, mentees are supported to increase their awareness, deepen their learning, improve their performance, achieve their goals and aspirations and enhance their quality of life.
Mentoring has many benefits for both the mentee and the mentor.
Mentee benefits include:
  1. Improved performance and productivity in school, work, relationships etc.
  2. Personal development
  3. Achievement of goals and dreams
  4. Improved learning
  5. Identification of skills
  6. Exposure to diverse knowledge
  7. Improved quality of life in the workplace / home
  8. Greater flexibility and adaptability to change
  9. Greater understanding of self
  10. Have a sounding board

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Motivation to Mentor – (MSMEs) ProBono

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Happy International Woman’s Day !

Sharing here a story I read years ago when I was Peer Mentoring in my company and wanted to fully understand the meaning of ‘Mentoring’.

The story is reproduced as I read it and I regret I do not know the author.  It was indeed very motivating.  Read on:

“Many people have heard the story of the starfish on the beach. It illustrates the essence of making a difference as a mentor:

Early one morning a man was walking along the beach. While watching the ocean waves breaking on the shore, he saw a most unusual thing. The beach was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed up on the shore and were dying in the sun.
Far down the beach in the distance he could see a young woman picking up the starfish and throwing them back in to the ocean, one at a time. When he was close enough to be heard above the roar of the waves the man said: “You’re wasting your time. There are thousands of starfish here. You can’t possibly make any difference!”
The young woman reached down, picked up a starfish, and then threw it as far as she could back into the sea. “I made a difference to that one,” she said, reaching down to pick up another.
Whether you are mentoring a colleague or a young person, the impact you will make will be that of the woman saving starfish – truly life-changing.”
Sharing a series of articles on Business Mentoring in coming few days.
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